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Quite the day for rumored romances.

First, it was A-Rod and Kate Hudson. Now, it's Hayden Panettiere and Steve Jones, who she's been linked to romantically of late, soaking up the sun while on break from the 2009 Cannes Film Festival this afternoon in Cannes, France.

Steve Jones is a British TV presenter ... personality ... something like that. Whatever he does for a living, he's looking downright giddy at the sight of Hayden. Here are the supposed new lovebirds enjoying the nice weather, and each other:


This is the second day in a row that Hayden Panettiere and Steve Jones, 19 and 32, respectively, have been spotted together on a boat on the French Riviera.

Hayden recently split from Heroes co-star Milo Ventimiglia, 31, and was said to have sucked serious face with Jesse McCartney shortly after that breakup.

Looks like she's moved on to better things.

Dating or not, these two sure look like they're having some fun in the Cannes sun. Click to enlarge more Steve Jones and Hayden Panettiere pictures ...

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You gotta love any event that brings Bristol Palin and Hayden Panettiere together ... even if many teenage males would have preferred a threesome to some forum extolling the virtues of abstinence and fighting teenage pregnancy.

The Heroes star, 19, and America's most famous unwed teen mom (sorry Jamie Lynn Spears), 18, attended the Candie's Foundation town hall meeting on teen pregnancy prevention for National Teen Pregnancy Awareness Day in NYC.

Oh, The Passion

"It's a topic that's not talked about enough," Hayden said. "This is just a human thing. It's natural, it's what everyone does, but most people don't realize how serious things are until it directly impacts them and their lives."

"As a young female you go, 'Oh, it'll never happen to me, oh, it happens to people, but it'll never happen to me,' and then it does happen."

Hayden was not asked what type of birth control she uses. Come on, there's no way Milo Ventimiglia and Stephen Colletti didn't hit that.

Hayden Panettiere and Bristol Palin. Together at last.

Although Panettiere hadn't met Bristol Palin until the event, she was happy the unwed mother could serve as a fellow teenage ambassador for the Candie's Foundation, essentially becoming the new abstinence poster child.

"It's nice that she's come out to support this," Hayden said. "Teens get to look at her, and she can say, 'This happened to me.' This is all politics aside. She is just a girl out here saying, 'Look, it happened to me - it can happen to you.'"

Hayden stopped short of explicitly promoting abstinence, however she said she believes teenagers need to be more responsible when sexually active.

"There's a lot of different viewpoints on sex, and I'm not someone who will ever boo-hoo anything or say, 'This is not right,' or, 'This is wrong,'" she said.

"You're going to do what you're going to do, but at the end of the day, it's okay as long as you educate yourself, as long as you're safe, and smart."

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Heroes starlet Hayden Panettiere has apparently auditioned for director Kenny Ortega's updated remake of the classic 1980s flick Footloose.

The actress recently sang for filmmakers (the new Footloose flick is being turned into a full-blown musical à la the Broadway version), and "they were really impressed ... no one realized what a good singer she is," says an insider.

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In addition to being the topic of myriad Heroes spoilers, Hayden Panettiere actually has a slew of musical credits to her name. Not only did she release a pop single, "Wake Up Call," but she's recorded tunes for various soundtracks.

If she makes it the next round, Panettiere will likely have a dance audition, followed by a script reading with Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford.

While Crawford isn't officially on board to star as Ren McCormack (played by Kevin Bacon in the original), sources say the gig is pretty much a done deal.

For those unfamiliar, Ren is a city boy who moves to small town where rock music and dance are prohibited. He decides to revolt and overturn the laws!

Hayden Panettiere would play Ariel Moore, who falls for Ren much to the chagrin of her boyfriend and her Bible-thumping father. The original flick included hits like the title track and "Let's Hear It for the Boy." Awesome.

The remake was supposed to star Zac Efron, who dropped out. Dancing With the Stars' Julianne Hough is also being considered for Ariel. Julianne says she's done with Dancing on TV, so she's got the time if she's interested ...

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Like her hit show Heroes, Hayden Panettiere is hobbled of late.

She's not really injured, of course, but she dons a cast in this new ad spot she's in for LG mobile phones. Not really sure why, but we're guessing it has something to do with bringing the world closer to you, or something.

In any case, she looks cute. Not as cute as in those Hayden Panettiere pics we recently posted from InStyle, but really, those are hard to top. Good to see her smiling after her recent breakup, and her house getting robbed. No fun.

Here's the lovely Hayden making her mobile pitch ...

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Heroes spoiler alert: Hayden Panettiere was robbed.

Not on the show, and not in the sense of her deserving something not given to her - we mean literally. L.A. police are investigating a robbery at her house.

Curly Hayden

The grand theft - which was reported Monday - happened at the star's L.A. home, and "occurred between April 10 and 15 while she was out of town."

According to reports, the burglars made off with $15,000 worth of jewelry, but police only confirm that personal property was stolen from Hayden Panettiere.

While they could not disclose the monetary value of the goods, any report of grand theft (as opposed to petty theft) involves property valued at $400-plus.

Reports indicate that there were no signs of forced entry.

This news is even worse than Milo Ventimiglia's haircut. Other recent celebrity robbery victims include Amy Winehouse and Audrina Patridge.

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It's been a bit of a rough stretch for Hayden Panettiere.

Well, at least in terms of the PR the 19-year-old's gotten.

A Gorgeous Gal

They say any publicity is good publicity, but that may be a bit of a stretch if multiple stories involve you being a raging bitch. Or if you're Sarah Palin.

Nevertheless, Hayden is bouncing back strong with some beautiful photos today, courtesy of InStyle UK. Here's the Heroes star kickin' it in the tub ...

Hayden Panettiere likes to bathe fully clothed, apparently.

Hopefully, with this photo shoot, her image will be back to normal: that of a smoking hot 19-year-old girl on a mediocre show who hearts marine life.

Click to enlarge more Hayden Panettiere photos from InStyle UK ...

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When a couple of famous young hotties, one of whom may be a raging bitch, battle it out for who wore a black dress better, it's an event not to be missed.

Heroes star Hayden Panettiere attended a recent political event in Washington, D.C., in a jeweled Akiko Ogawa dress in January, while High School Musical 3 star Ashley Tisdale paired the mini with open-toed booties for the Kids' Choice Awards.

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Who looks better in this dress? Tell us below ...

Who wore this black dress best?

 

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Hayden Panettiere has taken to OK! to clear up some nasty rumors that have been swirling about her lately - namely that she lost her cool at a charity event and is campaigning to oust her ex and co-star from the cast of Heroes.

Of her alleged outburst against a celebrity gossip reporter in Hawaii, the 19-year-old actress said: “I have tremendous respect for the media and reporters particularly the press who treat the people they are interviewing with dignity."

Hayden Panettiere, Hot Per Usual

"I am appreciative that the press has supported me, my career, and the causes I feel passionately about. While in Hawaii, a reporter grabbed me suddenly from behind and frightened me. It happens. Typically, the press has treated me with great respect.”

On her former boyfriend and co-star Milo Ventimiglia, Hayden Panettiere said, “Milo and I are very close. We have enjoyed and continue to enjoy working together.”

For his part, Heroes creator Tim Kring says his stars' relationship status has nothing to do with how he and his staff are planning out the mediocre show.

"The final decision about which characters live and die on Heroes rests with me," he said. "I've made no announcement yet as to who will return and who won't."

So new Heroes spoilers to report, except that Hayden is perhaps less of a raging bitch than reported. Perhaps. Girl still needs to keep Paris away, though.

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Acting like a spoiled brat at a charity event was just a warm-up act.

Hayden Panettiere has been taking her bitter breakup with Heroes co-star Milo Ventimiglia to the small screen, according to celeb gossip magazine OK!

Yummy Stuff

Rumor has it that Hayden is trying to get her ex-boyfriend, who is 12 years older than she, kicked off of the NBC show, according to a mutual friend.

“She refuses to be on the set at the same time as him,” a pal of the Heroes stars says. “She is making it difficult for everyone involved.”

As for Milo, “He’s not going to play any games or stoop to her level.”

Hayden Panettiere has not gotten a lot of good PR lately.

Panettiere's rep denies this account, and it may very well be false or exaggerated, but would you be surprised? Can an immature teenager such as Hayden be counted on to conduct herself with any measure of dignity and maturity?

In any case, Hayden should quit trying so hard. Milo is going to get kicked off Heroes soon anyway ... as is she, and the rest of the cast! No way that crap is even getting renewed for next season considering how bad the last two were.

UPDATE: Apparently it has been renewed, with the reason being, to make a long story short, that people have heard of it. Must be a slow decade at NBC.

Since splitting from Milo, Hayden has been linked to Anthony Kiedis, her ex Stephen Colletti, and Gerard Butler. She's also BFFs with Paris Hilton. Ick.

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When Hayden Panettiere isn't being immature and classless at charity functions, filming scenes for her mediocre TV show or sucking face with Jesse McCartney outside clubs, she's still fighting for the cause that matters most to her.

That would be her fight to save the whales.

For Hayden, it's a fight that's never-ending.

"A few months ago I announced a goal of getting 1,000,000 signatures for our petition to stop all commercial and lethal scientific research whaling in time for the June 2009 meeting of the International Whaling Commission," the Heroes star writes.

"So far, we’ve done great and gotten over 90,000 signatures but with just a couple of months left, we really need to take this to the next level to reach our goal."

Sign the online petition below if you want to help Hayden Panettiere out. Keep in mind, though, that Paris Hilton has probably clicked on this widget. Gross ...

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